July 8th, 2017 11:02 PM by Christopher Terry
The scam goes like this: you’ll receive an email that appears to be from an individual legitimately involved in the transaction, informing the recipient-- often the buyer--that there has been a last minute change to the wiring instructions. The victims of this scam follow the new instructions and wire funds directly to the hacker’s account. The scammer’s account will be cleared out in a matter of minutes and the money is almost always lost forever.
This time of year is one of the busiest for agents when it comes to closing on homes, so this is exactly the time of year that we tend to see an increase in this type of scam. Though none of EZ Home Search’s clients or agents have been involved in the scam, we like to inform our buyers just in case.
If you do find yourself in the middle of this email scam, there are ways to prevent yourself from being a victim. These tips include:
If possible, do not send sensitive information via email. If you must use email to send sensitive information, use encrypted email.
Never click on any links in an unverified email. In addition to leading you to fake websites, these links can contain viruses and other malicious spyware that can make your computer – and your transactions – vulnerable to attack.